And You Thought NaNoWriMo Was Hard

28/01/11 9:17 AM

Just discovered this dude who is trying to write one novel per month for 12 months. He just finished January. You can follow his progress here.

Here’s his reasoning, and I quote:

“Great authors such as Stephen King have assured the world that we all need to write 1,000,000 words of drivel before we can actually begin writing things of note, and thus I have set about in a slightly ludicrous fashion to do just that. At 2,740 words per day, I should hit my first million word mark come December 31st.”

King talks about this in his writing memoir, On Writing (highly recommend). And I think I agree that one million words is probably about right. But to get them out all at once? That’s a lot of writing diarrhea. We’ll see how he does, though. Let’s check in on him in June and see where he’s at…and how sane he is. I give him a lot of credit.

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Posted by Robyn | in Creative Writing | 8 Comments »

8 Comments on “And You Thought NaNoWriMo Was Hard”

  1. Mike Says:

    Oh my. Some people are so ambitious.

  2. Robyn Says:

    Or crazy. Or both. 🙂

  3. Phil Says:

    Hey Robyn,

    Thanks for the shout out. It’s going to be a hard slog, but so far so good. Feel free to drop by my project’s community page in order to keep abreast of developments!

    – Phil

  4. Robyn Says:

    Absolutely, Phil! Wishing you much success…and nimble fingers. 🙂

  5. Margo Says:

    I’ve heard about that 1 million word mark and I think there is a lot of truth to it, but I think it’s more than that too. I hope the guys is also studying writing craft and getting/giving critiques or I fear he will be sadly disappointed at his otherwise heruclean efforts! Definitely will be interesting to see how far he gets and he’s smart in that he’s found a niche for building a platform of followers!

  6. Robyn Says:

    Agreed 100 percent. I’m amazed he’s finding the time to blog and tweet etc. But what a great way to market himself, like you said, and build a platform. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  7. Jody Says:

    I only know Phil through the internet, like the rest of you, but I’m impressed by his gumption, and i wish him TONS OF SUCCESS.

  8. Robyn Says:

    Ditto that! Thanks for stopping by, Jody! 🙂